loading

Step 6: Drill bigger holes

To use those 5MM machine screws, you'll need to widen the 8 screw holes in the metal case that previously secured the X-clamp posts. They are highlighted in the second photo.

To widen them, use a 3/16 inch drill bit with a drill press or hand drill. If you're using a hand drill, set a wooden block under each hole as you drill it to avoid warping the case. If you're using a drill press as I did there should be a steel pedestal with a hole for the drill bit to pass through, saving the case from serious FUBAR-age.

Have the bit spinning before you push into the center of the hole. Repeat this for all the holes. Make sure there are no burrs left on the holes or shards kicking around in the case afterwards. Bang it around a few times to get them out. The last thing you'd want is to have your 360 die from little pieces of metal shorting it out.

<p>wouldbe been nice to know this doesnt work on the elite. Took apart my system for nothing, completly different heatsinks man wtf</p>
<p>No, it will work on elite also , provided that the GPU core ( central area of the GPU) pins -78-94 have not pulled away , However if you have what's called an GPU edge failure ( pins on the corner of the GPU have broken free from the board ) This method should be effective in restoring normal operation , for a while , and the second failure ,will prove almost imposable to get a solid recovery . </p>
<p>I'm sorry Ryan, the Elite wasn't around when I wrote this. PM me and I can help you on the right track.</p>
Hey man could u make a video for this please?
Sup jake I also have 360 elite n currently facing red ring of death I would be grateful if u can help me
Hey Jake. I also have an elite. Rode hard for about 8 years. (SN ending 82205). 3ring <br>I just started account here and have not found pm option. <br>Your awesome assistance would be appreciated
<p>its awsome!!!!!!</p><p>landon</p>
<p>Hmm , I have reviewed most repair that have you SCREW down the GPU and CPU , as these repair will work 80% of the time , IT WILL WARP THE PC BOARD , and when it fails again , it's trash . ( unserviceable ) I have a solution it's called BETTER HARDWARE , and heavy duty GPU Clamp , I will POST A LINK for it , if people are still trying to repair their older 360's , </p>
<p>Hello, i recently found a xbox 360, it had the red ring of death and a hard drive, so i take the hard drive and plug it in to my other xbox, this other xbox immediatley gets the red ring, any ideas how to fix that or why it happened?</p>
<p>Red ring means there's a hardware problem, so I believe something is wrong with that hard drive.</p>
<p>Hehe! For some reason, my WHOLE Xbox 360 red ringed, and survived perfectly!</p>
<p>awsome! Thanks</p>
<p>what happens when you reach 4 red rings of death</p>
I signed up to say thank you for this tutorial. It worked! :) <br> <br>Also thanks to the guy that gave those conversions on the 3/16 bolts to what Home Depot has them as: 10-32. <br> <br>My only variation was in putting 1 neoprene washer on top of the 3 metal ones for each bolt on the bottom. Made 4 on the bottom the right size as they have a little play but snugged down evenly. <br> <br>Lastly, I found that the #10 washers' (as sold at Home Depot ) outter diameter was too large as they wouldn't stack evenly on the two bolts that are right next to each other. I used #8 washers instead. The inner diameter was just big enough to put the bolts through but small enough on the outter than they did not overlap on those close bolts. <br> <br>Thanks again.
<p>I had this same issue. Thanks for the heads up on the #8 washers!</p>
<p>My xbox 360 has a red dot in the middle and makes a loud noise if you can help me plz </p>
<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jkEhJDBqILE" width="500"></iframe></p><p>How to repair xbox360 without opening the console. Try it guys, it worked on my xbox :)</p>
<p>LMAO unpluggin the remote actually fixed mine thanks a lot you're a life savor sir</p>
<p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkEhJDBqILE" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkEhJDBqILE</a></p><p>Guys in this video is shown the easiest way how to repair your xbox, without opening it :)</p><br><div><div><div><div><div></div></div></div></div></div>
<p>ok, two things. One, the ps3 is not the dark side of gaming. It is a blue-ray player, where you can access the internet (provided you have wifi) for free, and it nearly never has problems. It's a less expensive version of the xbox. (Sorry, but I hate to hear the ps3 vs xbox vs PC turf wars)</p><p>Two, I find it easier to just send it to a repair shop. No, not a Microsoft store, just a normal beat around the bush computer store. It's never failed me yet. Didn't lose any data, either.</p>
<p>Nice article, very helpful...</p>
<p>Found this old 360 with the RRoD figured I could take a look at it before he threw it out, and to my astonishment, it worked after simply cleaning out the fins and putting in some new thermal paste. Thanks for the walk-through really made the difference.</p>
<p>Outstanding! This just saved me so much money! I spent 8.50 for the hardware at Home Depot and about an hour to fix it. Took some time to get the screws set just right, but ultimately worked perfectly. Excellent instructions. They were detailed enough to make the job straight forward. The only issue I found was with the 3/16 inch drill bit - I had to make the hole slightly larger (7/32) for the screws to fit correctly.</p>
<p>I wonder if Microsoft still honors repairs on older 360s. I have 4 that have RROD and they are just sitting around as useless paperweights. Crazy how durable the original XBOX was and how shoddy the 360 was. </p>
<p>SO geeky &lt;3</p>
Spilt milk on my xbox started too RROD. Tried this and its been working evee since. I alsp applyed silicon around the vents on the top peice then reinstalled the metal cover.
I suggest not including clear cut bias in your guides. It adds nothing, and only has the potential to be a distraction. I support all 3 consoles. Don't include nonsense the PS3 is better than a bluray player. Ironically in 2015 the XB1 wants to be a media player that plays games. Very amusing that's why you shouldn't be snide
Thanks for reading!
<p>I wrote this 7 years ago at the age of 16. The Internet was a different place then, I've since moved on from snide comments. </p>
Well I didn't realize that, makes sense. Thanks for the reply.
I think is useful to say that you have to take in place exhaust at the first turn on, otherwise console will overheat. Also, my GPU cooler have some extension with the pipe, so I don't have any space to bolt on another fan to the CPU cooler. Who also have this type of console, I found useful to make the same extension of the exhaust over the CPU just like over the GPU he made in this tutorial.<br>Also, I tried without X-clamps, but for some reason, I still believe that the X-clamps is better because I'm not sure about the tension I made with the screws, so, I'm back with the clamps.<br>This tutorial was very useful. Thank you!
Ok so we did this tutorial to the letter and the red lights went away. But now, when we start it up none of the green lights flash on in the usual way they are supposed to during startup. No red lights, no green lights. We have not tested it on a tv yet so we dont know if any of the graphics are going through, but we just think this is unusual because normally the green lights always show up. Any suggestions? BTW we started out with the E 74 error code and one red ring in the lower right corner. <br />
Bad hard drive connectio.
One ring and an E74 code isn't the RROD, it's only the first ring. What it means is that your cables aren't connected properly, and that's all it means. <br /> A simple guide to red rings is:<br /> &nbsp; 1 quadrant = cable connection error<br /> &nbsp; 2 quadrants = overheating of system<br /> &nbsp; 3 quadrants = internal system error aka RROD<br /> <br /> All you need to do is properly connect your cables, however, doing this tutorial wasn't necessary and if you didn't do it right you may have shot your system :(, if you did do it correctly, then your fairly safe in the future from the true RROD.<br />
and four quadrants for not having the AV cables in the back lol
4 red lights is more commonly a cable problem, more specifically an av cable problem.
E74: AV cable error... There is a problem with the AV cable, try using a different AV cable. If the cable is known to be working then there is a 90% chance it's a scaler chip problem (the &quot;ANA&quot; or &quot;HANA&quot; chip connected directly to the AV cable) in rare cases it is the GPU. http://www.llamma.com/xbox360/repair/Xbox-360-error-codes.htm
actually... the power plug being loose or only being plugged in half way will display a 3 light... just thought I'd clarify that...
E74 code meant your graphics card is shot. or maybe thats E 73 idk but if you were playing cod 5 or cod 6 or any other newer games and you saw random purple lines its the graphhics card.<br />
its E74
read above comment. but your partly right...
try plugging in the av cable then trun it on
1 red ring isnt the ring of death<br /> did you google it? i think i found a site with fixes for it but idk what the link is anymore. <br /> <br /> and you should try hooking it up to a tv, because if you dont then ALL of the red rings will blibk and mean you need to hook it up to a tv...try those ideas then come back. idk<br />
Alright i got everything put back together. But now when i power it on i get a red light on the power brick and the xbox wont come on. What did i do wrong?

About This Instructable

4,448,936views

581favorites

License:

Bio: Where to start... I get bored and reach for either a soldering iron or a keyboard. I have a short attention span. I love working ... More »
More by Jake Turner:¡Reparación para el anillo de la muerte rojo! (¡sin toallas!) How to get on Xbox Live with Dialup Fix the Red Ring of Death! (Without Towels) 
Add instructable to: